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Christ and the Lamb

A work made of gilded wood and mirror; edition number one of three, with one artist's proof.

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  • A work made of gilded wood and mirror; edition number one of three, with one artist's proof.

Date:

1988

Artist:

Jeff Koons
American, born 1955

About this artwork

Having turned to art after a brief stint as a Wall Street commodities trader, Jeff Koons creates beautifully crafted and often controversial sculptures. An elaborate, Rococostyle mirror, Christ and the Lambis also a visual puzzle: its frame shapes the mirror surface into the figure of the infant Jesus playing with a lamb, taken from Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (1508; Musée du Louvre, Paris). Viewers thus see their own image superimposed on the body of the Christ Child. Koons has said, “Anything that reflects has a kind of spiritual transcendence because it involves the viewer. It acknowledges your presence. Every time you move, the reflection changes; it always acknowledges you.”

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 292

Artist

Jeff Koons

Title

Christ and the Lamb

Origin

United States

Date

1988

Medium

Gilded wood and mirror; edition number one of three, with one artist's proof

Dimensions

200.7 × 139.7 × 17.8 cm (79 × 55 × 7 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edlis Neeson Collection

Reference Number

2015.140

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